Install MySQL 8 on CentOS, RHEL 6/7

To Add MySQL yum repository to your server, go to

Download the rpm file available.

For RHEL/CentOS 7

rpm -ivh mysql80-community-release-el7-3.noarch.rpm

For RHEL/CentOS 6

rpm -ivh mysql80-community-release-el6-1.noarch.rpm

Installing MySQL Server

yum install mysql-community-server

Stop/Start MySQL

To stop/start MySQL, use service name “mysqld”.

systemctl start mysqld
systemctl stop mysqld
systemctl restart mysqld

MySQL 8 root Password

When MySQL first starts, it create a random password and store in MySQL log file. To find the MySQL root password, run

grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysqld.log

This default password don’t allow you to do anything, so login to MySQL with this password and set a secure password for root.


MYSQL_ROOT_PASSOWRD – replace it with you secure new MySQL root password.

Installing Older Version of MySQL

When you add MySQL repository, it activate latest version by default. If you want older version, say 5.7, you need to activate it.

To see available repository, run

yum repolist all | grep mysql

To disable MySQL 8 repository, run

yum-config-manager --disable mysql80-community

To enable MySQL 5.7 repository, run

yum-config-manager --enable mysql57-community

Now installing MySQL server will install MySQL 5.7 instead of latest version.


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